en sträng på 3-5 mm salva

English translation: a line of ointment 3-5 mm long

08:13 May 28, 2019
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Swedish term or phrase: en sträng på 3-5 mm salva
From the product information sheet for an eye ointment:

"Om inte läkaren ordinerat annat ska en sträng på 3-5 mm salva appliceras 2-4 gånger dagligen i det berörda ögat."

I can't resolve what "en sträng på" means here.

Is it saying there should be a string of 3-5 mm patches of ointment in the affected area?

Also: what is "3-5 mm" measuring to begin with?
It seems like a rather small length to keep track of, at least without a measuring device.

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G. L.
United States
Local time: 05:13
English translation:a line of ointment 3-5 mm long
Explanation:
this is how I would translate it
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Diarmuid Kennan
Ireland
Local time: 13:13
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4 +4a line of ointment 3-5 mm long
Diarmuid Kennan
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Example of terminology usage in ointment reference
Cynthia Coan

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a line of ointment 3-5 mm long


Explanation:
this is how I would translate it

Diarmuid Kennan
Ireland
Local time: 13:13
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 28

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Sven Petersson
3 hrs

agree  Michele Fauble
7 hrs

agree  Agneta Pallinder
20 hrs

agree  Cynthia Coan: "Line" is probably the best term anyone can come up with to describe a quantity of ointment applied. See reference.
1 day 4 hrs
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1 day 7 hrs
Reference: Example of terminology usage in ointment reference

Reference information:
In instructions regarding the proper application of eye drops or ointment, "line" is the term used to refer to the latter.

Example sentence(s):
  • "Pull the lower eyelid down with one or two fingers to create a pouch. Put a thin _line_ of ointment in the pouch."

    https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/za1098
Cynthia Coan
United States
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PRO pts in category: 19
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